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Event - February 2019

Where Do Public Libraries fit in NYC’s Tech Skills-Building Ecosystem?

With Amazon coming to Queens and New York's tech economy booming, demand for homegrown tech talent has never been higher. What more should libraries be doing to introduce young people to computational thinking, build awareness of technology career paths, and help adults acquire the digital skills needed for today’s economy?

Event - December 2018

Rethinking Senior Services in New York City

On December 10th, the Center for an Urban Future held a policy forum about expanding and improving senior services in New York City.

Event - December 2018

Rethinking CUNY for a Changing Economy

On December 4th, the Center for an Urban Future held a forum about how CUNY can pursue new strategies and initiatives to meet the challenges of a changing economy.

Event - September 2018

Preparing NYC for a More Automated Economy

On September 27th, the Center for an Urban Future held a forum, "Preparing NYC for a More Automated Economy," featuring Winston C. Fisher of Fisher Brothers and NYC Regional Economic Development Council; Maria Gotsch of the Partnership Fund for New York City; Molly Kinder of New America; Steven Kuyan of NYU Tandon's Future Labs; Barbara Chang of HERE to HERE; Angie Kamath of CUNY; and Sharon Sewell-Fairman of the Workforce Professionals Training Institute.

Event - June 2018

The Role of the Infrastructure Sector in Sparking Middle Class Jobs in NYC

On June 5th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "The Role of the Infrastructure Sector in Sparking Middle Class Jobs in New York City," featuring Joseph Kane of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, Denise M. Richardson of the General Contractors Association, Veronica Vanterpool of V Squared Strategies, Christopher O. Ward of Metro New York, AECOM, and Chris Hamel of Municipal Finance for RBC Capital Markets.

Event - April 2018

What’s Next for NY State’s Workforce Development System?

On May 23rd, the Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP will hold a forum, "What’s Next for NY State’s Workforce Development System?," featuring Jennifer James of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lindsey Boylan of the Office of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Robert M. Simpson of CenterState CEO, Joseph P. Dragone of Capital Region BOCES and Melinda Mack of NYATEP.

Event - April 2018

Scaling Up Small Businesses in the Bronx

On the morning of May 16th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "Scaling Up Small Businesses in the Bronx," featuring Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Mark Gjonaj, Joyce Moy of the Asian Research Institute, Jessica Johnson of Johnson Security Bureau, Kerry A. McLean of WHEDco, Anthony Ramirez II of Mainland Media and The Bronx Beer Hall, and Hashem Yehiya of Tasty Picks.

Event - March 2018

Scaling Up Small Businesses on Staten Island

On the morning of April 17th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "Scaling Up Small Businesses on Staten Island," featuring Staten Island Borough President James Oddo; Mark Foggin of Foggin Strategies; Jill Johnson of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Angelina Malerba of Angelina's Ristorante; T.J. Moore of Bedford Carp Construction; and Gary Stetz of MetroLube.

Event - February 2018

Scaling up Small Businesses in Queens

NEW DATE: On the morning of March 20th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "Scaling Up Small Businesses in Queens," featuring Gloria Abreu of Family United Home Care; Commissioner Gregg Bishop of the New York City Department of Small Business Services; Seth Bornstein of Executive Director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; Sean Peckett of Soccer Friends USA; and Yanki Tshering of Business Center for New Americans (BCNA).

Event - December 2017

Scaling Up Small Businesses in Brooklyn

On the morning of January 24th, the Center for an Urban Future will hold a forum, "Scaling Up Small Businesses in Brooklyn," featuring Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Deli & Black Seed Bagels; Nancy Carin of the Business Outreach Center Network; Eladia Causil Rodriguez of Eladia’s Kids; Edward Rogoff of LIU Brooklyn School; and Alimata Zabsonre of Alima's Hair Braiding.

Event - May 2017

Heading Off New York City’s Human Services Crisis

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly responsible for providing the essential services that form the backbone of the city's social safety set. But the viability of this arrangement is under threat as costs continue to rise while government contracts remain insufficient. A recent Center for an Urban Future forum explored the problem and offered ideas for developing a more sustainable future.

Event - February 2017

Driving Innovation: Cities as Models for Urban Policy Change

On February 13, 2017, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner with support from the Citi Foundation hosted a forum to explore a crucial question: With a change of leadership in Washington, will cities be able to maintain—or even accelerate—the pace of progress?

Event - December 2016

Expanding Opportunities in Brooklyn’s Tech and Creative Sectors

Ensuring that more residents benefit from the boom of jobs in Brooklyn’s technology and creative sectors is both a major challenge and vital opportunity for the future of the borough. A CUF symposium brought many promising ideas to light.

Event - June 2016

Video - How can NY State integrate job training into its economic development strategy?

New York State commits nearly $1 billion each year to economic development projects across the state through its 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs). Thus far, however, REDC’s have only made limited investments in job training and workforce development. On June 14, 2016 Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held a policy forum on how New York can strengthen connections between its signature economic development initiative and job training programs.

Event - January 2016

Video - A Door to Opportunity

At a time when the economy is producing few decent-paying jobs for those without a college degree, our January 12, 2016 symposium explored what state policymakers can do to improve the outcomes for community college students throughout New York.

Event - January 2016

VIDEO - Career Pathways, One Year Later

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner convened a forum on realizing the promise of Career Pathways, the city's new approach to workforce development.

Event - October 2015

The Future of the Arts in NYC

On October 14, 2015, the Center for an Urban Future in partnership with the City of New York organized a half-day conference at the Morgan Library and Museum to discuss the future of the arts in New York. In this recap, we share some important take-aways from the discussion and a few ideas that we found particularly compelling and achievable.

Event - March 2015

Video - Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Center for an Urban Future and NYATEP held Making New York’s Workforce Development System More Accountable, a symposium on how wage reporting data can help the state measure the success of its workforce development system.

Event - December 2014

VIDEO - Symposium for Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries

On December 4, 2014, we convened a dynamic conference for rethinking and re-imagining New York City's branch libraries. Organized by the Center for an Urban Future in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York and the Charles H. Revson Foundation, we invited six interdisciplinary teams to present innovative design solutions for the challenges facing branch libraries and curated response panels with key officials from the de Blasio administration and City Council, as well as other distinguished community leaders, developers and policy experts.

Event - October 2014

Video: Strengthening NYC’s Youth Workforce Development System

On October 7, 2014, the Center for an Urban Future and JobsFirstNYC held a solutions-oriented symposium on how to address New York City's youth workforce development system and to discuss specific steps that the de Blasio administration could take to get more young New Yorkers into decent paying careers.

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